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This new Iraqi cookbook contains more than four hundred recipes covering all food categories. There is ample choice for both vegetarian and meat lovers, and many that will satisfy a sweet tooth. All recipes have been tested and are easy to follow. Introducing the recipes are thoroughly researched historical and cultural narratives that trace the development of the Iraqi cu This new Iraqi cookbook contains more than four hundred recipes covering all food categories. There is ample choice for both vegetarian and meat lovers, and many that will satisfy a sweet tooth. All recipes have been tested and are easy to follow. Introducing the recipes are thoroughly researched historical and cultural narratives that trace the development of the Iraqi cuisine from the times of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians, through the medieval era, and leading to its interaction with Mediterranean and world cuisine. Of particular interest are the book's numerous folkloric stories, anecdotes, songs, cultural explications of customs, and excerpts from narratives written by foreign visitors to the region. Arabic calligraphy, and photos, paintings and sketches add to the pictorial appeal of the book.


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This new Iraqi cookbook contains more than four hundred recipes covering all food categories. There is ample choice for both vegetarian and meat lovers, and many that will satisfy a sweet tooth. All recipes have been tested and are easy to follow. Introducing the recipes are thoroughly researched historical and cultural narratives that trace the development of the Iraqi cu This new Iraqi cookbook contains more than four hundred recipes covering all food categories. There is ample choice for both vegetarian and meat lovers, and many that will satisfy a sweet tooth. All recipes have been tested and are easy to follow. Introducing the recipes are thoroughly researched historical and cultural narratives that trace the development of the Iraqi cuisine from the times of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians, through the medieval era, and leading to its interaction with Mediterranean and world cuisine. Of particular interest are the book's numerous folkloric stories, anecdotes, songs, cultural explications of customs, and excerpts from narratives written by foreign visitors to the region. Arabic calligraphy, and photos, paintings and sketches add to the pictorial appeal of the book.

30 review for Delights from the Garden of Eden: A Cookbook and a History of the Iraqi Cuisine

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Day

    Truly Scrumptious This recipe book and history of Iraqi cuisine is one of my favourite 'portraits' of Iraq. The country's long, complex and multicultural history is brought to life in these pages, through the prism of food, as ancient and medieval tidbits, folklore, travelogues and the author's own anecdotes and observations are woven together with over four hundred recipes. The fact that the dishes are delicious is an added bonus, their subtle flavours offering a sensual flavour of this ancient Truly Scrumptious This recipe book and history of Iraqi cuisine is one of my favourite 'portraits' of Iraq. The country's long, complex and multicultural history is brought to life in these pages, through the prism of food, as ancient and medieval tidbits, folklore, travelogues and the author's own anecdotes and observations are woven together with over four hundred recipes. The fact that the dishes are delicious is an added bonus, their subtle flavours offering a sensual flavour of this ancient and diverse culture. A new edition of the book was published in March 2013. I hope it does justice to the depth and range of Nawal Nasrallah's knowledge and the quality of her writing which is as enticing, abundant and generous as the meals Iraqi women love to serve their families and guests.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melody Mason

    Great encyclopedia of food knowledge! Gonna go cook up some sambouseks now!

  3. 5 out of 5

    HadiDee

    The only book I can compare this to is Claudia Roden's The Book of Jewish Food. This is a culinary history of Iraqi food. An incredible work of research and scholarship and cooking: history, cultural insights, stories, jokes and wonderful recipes. One to buy and enjoy for many years. The only book I can compare this to is Claudia Roden's The Book of Jewish Food. This is a culinary history of Iraqi food. An incredible work of research and scholarship and cooking: history, cultural insights, stories, jokes and wonderful recipes. One to buy and enjoy for many years.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    So much information and plenty of recipes. The basic recipes allow one to improvise easily to suit taste. The history is a fun bonus. I would like to own a copy for cooking reference. I'm very picky about cookbooks and this is a must have, for those who love middle-eastern cuisine. So much information and plenty of recipes. The basic recipes allow one to improvise easily to suit taste. The history is a fun bonus. I would like to own a copy for cooking reference. I'm very picky about cookbooks and this is a must have, for those who love middle-eastern cuisine.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Niibu_yaa

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tanya Manning-Yarde

  7. 4 out of 5

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    Andrea Sciuto

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    Kasha

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    Miriam Day

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    B.P. Sahni

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    Jamilah Jackson

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    Rovvs

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    Carol Laizure

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    Katy Hill

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    Barbara

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    Wendy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mills College Library

    641.59567 N264 2013

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